Planes of Fame Chino

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I had the chance to visit the POF in Chino a few weeks ago. I love to visit this place on a Saturday Afternoon. Visitors are low and I get a chance to photograph aircraft with no one else around.

The Museum was founded by Edward T. Maloney in 1957 in Claremont, California, with an initial collection of six aircraft. As the collection grew, the museum moved first to Ontario, California in 1965, and finally in 1973 to Chino Airport.

On the first Saturday of every month, the museum holds a mini-airshow around a certain theme. Themes have included “World War 1 Aviation”, “Experimental Aircraft”, “Korean War Aviation”, “Airplanes In The Movies”, “Naval Aviation”, etc. Each mini-airshow starts with one or more talks or seminars given by people involved with the featured aircraft (such as combat pilots), followed by a flight demonstration of two or three aircraft related to that Saturday’s theme.

The museum flies all of its airworthy aircraft, as well as many other warbirds visiting from other museums or brought by private owners, during its annual airshow. This event, usually held on the third weekend of May for two days, is the largest gathering of warbirds in the western US.

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